Baraka, Imamu Amiri

Born: Oct 07, 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Dramatist, Writers

American writer of poetry, drama, essays, and music criticism.


1934 - Born Everett LeRoi Jones on 7th of October in  Newark, New Jersey.


Studied Philosophy and Religious studies at Rutgers University, Columbia University, and Howard University.


1954 - Baraka joined the U.S. Air Force reaching the rank of sergeant.


1957 - Discharged from United States Air Force service and moved to New York's Greenwich Village.


1958 - Founded Totem Press, which published such Beat icons as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.


1960-1963 -  Married Hettie Cohen and they became joint editor of the Yugen, a literary magazine.


1960 - Baraka went to Cuba, which initiated his transformation into a politically active artist.


1961 - Published the Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note.


1963 - Published by Blues People: Negro Music in White America.


1964 - His play, The Dutchman, premiered and the he won an Obie Award for it.


1967 - LeRoi Jones adopted the Arabic name, Imamu Amiri Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.


         - Baraka became a lecturer at San Francisco State University.


1968 - Arrested in Newark, for illegally carrying a weapon.


1970 - He strongly supported Kenneth Gibson's candidacy for mayor of Newark.


1979 - Became a lecturer at SUNY for its Africana Studies Department.


1984 - Baraka became a full professor.


1987 - He was a speaker at the commemoration ceremony for James Baldwin.


1989 - Won an American Book Award for his works as well as a Langston Hughes Award.


1990 - Co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones.


1998 - Baraka was a supporting actor as a griot in Warren Beatty's film Bulworth.


2002 - The state of New Jersey made him poet laureate.




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